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Brooder heat lamp question

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So I bought a standard brooder reflector lamp and the 250w clear bulb. Everything is working fine. My question is this.
The bulb puts out a ton of heat and seems to be over kill in my house that is typically around 68* night and day. Could I use a lesser light bulb that is lower wattage? I'm only raising 2 Cochin chicks at the moment and I have it set up under the bar height counter in my dinning room. Even with the lamp almost as high as it can go it seems to be a little warm for the chicks.
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Do you have a heating pad that doesn't shut off automatically after two hours?  The amount of heat in your setup for 2 chicks does seem like overheating to me.  You can put a lesser watt bulb in there, and some people go to pet stores and pick up ceramic emitters for their chicks. (I think that's what they're called.....I'm not sure.)

 

Anyway, I haven't used a heat lamp  since I started using a heating pad for my one single chick and then 3 subsequent batches. This thread will show you what I mean.  Lots and lots of folks have made the change and are so happy they did.  Using this I am confident enough to even use it outside and raise chicks when temps are in the teens and twenties here in Northern Wyoming.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/956958/mama-heating-pad-in-the-brooder-picture-heavy-update

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As long as you can maintain a temp where they are happy and scampering about vs huddled and chirping loudly (cold) or on outskirts of light and panting (hot) you can use any kind of bulb you want. Keep the heated area to one end of the brooder so they can move to cooler end when thet want.

My house temp is about 68 as well and they were without any heat lamp in 3 short weeks
Edited by mrv19 - 3/30/16 at 3:06pm
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